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Newcastle Still Showing Too Many Bad Habits To Survive

4:02 pm, Sunday, April 3rd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 60 Comments

When you look at the goals conceded yesterday by Newcastle all three goals were poor ones to concede and each time we equalized through Aleksandar Mitrovic we managed to concede a goal shortly afterwards – so those are not good things to be happening with just seven games to play.

It’s going to be very very tough to stay up now and each game that goes by that we don’t win will be another nail in the coffin of Newcastle United as we look to take the drop for the second time in seven years under owner Mike Ashley.

aleksandar mitrovic scored first goal

Aleksandar Mitrovic scoring yesterday

We have just one point from the last six games and have never been ahead in any of those  games since we easily beat West Brom 1-0 at home – our last win.

And after managing to concede a winning goal from Norwich in stoppage time yesterday it’s really hard to think Newcastle have much chance of surviving now – it’s been yet another disastrous season for the club.

Norwich City manager Alex Neil was asked if Newcastle could survive – perhaps by doing a Leicester City – who are now 7 points ahead at the top of the Premier league after beating Southampton at home 1-0 today.

And it’s exactly a year after they were rock bottom of the league when all seemed lost.

This is what Alex Neil said:

“I think it’s always tough,” “You know, seven games left so you need to put a real good run together, I don’t think there’s any question about that.”

“They’ve got real quality players too, there’s no doubt that.” “It is a real hard one though.”

“Are they capable of doing it?” “I think if you look at Leicester last season, they managed to do it.”

“I think it would take a brave man to decide who’s going to do what at this stage.”

“There’s a lot of football still to be played.”

Newcastle could be relegated before the last game of the season and if that happens at least the powers that be who are supposed to be running the club will be able to plan for the Championship next season.

We’ll need new players brought in who can handle the physical game, but we have zero confidence in people like Lee Charnley,  who never seem to plan for anything.

There will be a lot to be done but it’s a good question as to who will run the club for Mike Ashley – should he decide to keep the club and not finally sell up – since Lee has proved himself to be lacking in the skill, temperament and experience to be the top executive at Newcastle.

Decisions made by Lee and the Board have gone a long way to seeing us (easily) relegated this season – a short 12 months after we nearly went down last season under John Carver – and even after we spent £82M on transfers last summer and in January.

It’s a crying shame that incompetent and inept people are running the club and have got us to the stage where we are almost certain to become a Championship club soon.

Where we will be next year at this time is anybody’s guess, but it’s unlikely we can come straight back up unless we draft some new players in – preferably those who have some leadership skills and who don’t give up during a game when things get tough.

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  • 1 Essex Geordie Bill // Apr 3, 2016 at 4:03 PM

    Anyone regret the selling of Williamson?

  • 2 Munster Mag // Apr 3, 2016 at 4:06 PM

    I dont hear amyone disagreeing with my dounts re benitez selection and team shape and motivation levels now. Get in pearson for the championship

  • 3 davetoon // Apr 3, 2016 at 4:07 PM

    Think Carvup made Williamsons position at the club untenable

  • 4 stuart no9 // Apr 3, 2016 at 4:07 PM

    stuart no9 // Apr 3, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    sorry to have to post this again , but im going to post it on every topic untill we are relegated.

    ,,,stuart no9 // Apr 3, 2016 at 11:30 AM

    ED . how to you know Raffa is leaving at the end of the season ? has he told you ? untill he makes a statement saying hes leaving – hes staying .
    Ok its not looking great this morning , however by the law of averages we are due a win , A draw at saints next week is not going to be a decider but we MUST take all 3 against swansea, 1 point against M city, zilch against liverpool, 3 against palace, 3 against villa and 3 against spurs coz the title will be won by the time we play i can see 14 points that are acheivable . 14 plus 25 =39 . enough to stay up this season . thats it we are safe. benitez stays and we kick on next season

  • 5 Essex Geordie Bill // Apr 3, 2016 at 4:08 PM

    I just looked at the MOM voting, didn’t vote as I didn’t see enough of the game but Mitro gets it despite only playing half the game.

    I’m not going to say the obvious, but resting a young fit player who is raring to go with only a handful of games left is completely stupid.

  • 6 hibbitt // Apr 3, 2016 at 4:09 PM

    You can’t teach an old dog new tricks
    and have we got some lazy mongrels

  • 7 SPRINGY // Apr 3, 2016 at 4:11 PM

    should never of let any defenders go unless they had replacements already here,williamson was’nt great but he had a few decent games and had a bit of height.

  • 8 SPRINGY // Apr 3, 2016 at 4:12 PM

    davetoon from previous
    the amount of times we give the ball away or cross over the bar,not missing the first man,crap corners and free kicks,poor passing,lack of control..yes confidence is a big part of that, but it does look like there is a lack of quality as well as confidence.

  • 9 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Apr 3, 2016 at 4:13 PM

    Yes me – he was the best ‘defender’ we had – nowt special on the ball but could defend and tackle. Would of got to their first goal yesterday instead of the clown who shut his eyes and dived/fell forward.

  • 10 davetoon // Apr 3, 2016 at 4:14 PM

    It will be interesting to see how these players go if other premier League teams pick them up. See if they improve

  • 11 toonking // Apr 3, 2016 at 4:15 PM

    Last season leister city were bottom of the table and sitting 9 points behind hull who were themselves the 3rd team to drop and had just 9 games remaining

    We ourselves are currently sitting 6 points behind Norwich and 9 behind palace. Things haven’t starting similar, we’ve lost the first 2 where as Leicester city won it’s first two. If other teams get the victories against Norwich and palace. The question is will we try and mimic them or will we remain like this. One part of recent history shows managers are break alot of records. Will rafa do the same and be the first one to make a team survive having a maximum of 10 games remaining or is this a record that will remain as it is?

    Well done to Leicester and I think the title is certain to be theirs now.

  • 12 SPRINGY // Apr 3, 2016 at 4:17 PM

    sissoko is a liability as well when defending corners,he always looses his man,for all he is a big powerful bloke…he’s pretty clueless and also weak in the challenge

  • 13 toon kk // Apr 3, 2016 at 4:19 PM

    From previous post.
    Maybe our team on paper shouldn’t be in the bottom three but our defensive players shouldn’t be in the premier league in the first place. But if a player doesn’t give 100% no matter how good he is or managed the team won’t function properly.

  • 14 SPRINGY // Apr 3, 2016 at 4:21 PM

    i think the mackems have leicester so the way this season has panned out leicester will surprisingly get beat and palace will be happy to draw with norwich….think we’ve lost 4-0 at southampton the last 2 seasons,i’ll be surprised if its not something similar or even worse.

  • 15 mactoon // Apr 3, 2016 at 4:26 PM

    Rafa’s team selection and formation didn’t fill me with confidence. Against teams around us we need to take the game to them not play 4231 like McClaren did. Look where that got us.

    With regards to Charnley et all, Ashley has no clue about football, has no one around him with any idea about football and has appointed a board who have no idea about football. What chance does a club have with that set up?

    £82 million spent and get worse.. GOOD GOD!!!

  • 16 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Apr 3, 2016 at 4:30 PM


    Whilst we didn’t speak about it at the time, I also was worried that Rafa didn’t have the experience of fighting a relegation battle so I was concerned about his ability to motivate a squad enveloped in a toxic atmosphere and that seems to be bearing out right now.

    I was confused by his decision to start Cisse and Taylor – perhaps because they’re more experienced? Right now I’d keep the faith in younger players, let them go out and play. I’d have Mitro over Cisse every day of the week.

  • 17 chicousa // Apr 3, 2016 at 4:31 PM

    Yes it is conceivable that we could yet avoid the drop as Leicester did last season. But unlikely as the glaring difference between the Foxes then and the Mags now is that they had players who had strong character, passion and desire. This lot we have could care less, instead looking at relegation for us as a way out for them! Sissoko, Janmaat, Wini, Shelvey, and a few others are looking for their next selfish move.

  • 18 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Apr 3, 2016 at 4:32 PM

    Also, don’t fall for the “I’m not involved in running the club” bullshit that Ashley is peddling. He appoints yes men who are woefully inadequate for the job at hand so they’ll do his bidding. Ashley is 100% in charge.

    I also don’t believe that he’ll not sell up. Let’s put the pressure on him to go. Can’t be any worse than the usual shit the “loyal” folks have been doing all season.

  • 19 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Apr 3, 2016 at 4:34 PM

    Twenty20 final turning into a classic
    West Indies 9-2 chasing 150 plus

  • 20 SPRINGY // Apr 3, 2016 at 4:37 PM

    out of the team that started yesterday,how many will be at the club f we are relegated?

  • 21 toonking // Apr 3, 2016 at 4:43 PM


    Players such as Williamson don’t have the same skill as a champions league team but his work rate and effort was over looked. Williamson himself would always put his best of effort into a game and try to stop a goal getting conceded but mbemba doesn’t have a clue about the feeling of relegation. Our relegation doesn’t ensure he’ll be in the championship where as Williamson knew a drop could result in championship football, to keep the risk to a minimum he’d put 110% effort into a game.

    Looking back at things the loss of danny simpson is anotherplay who I feel was a bad decision. Debuchy himself was a better RB and would be used first. The problem with simmo’s exit is we’re left in desperation of getting a RB once debuchy leaves and have brought in a one who’s defensive game is very poor which just adds to a shambolic defence overall.

    Just watching leicester city shows that great speed, work rate and team play can give you results. Unlike great skill this style should assure more assurance of getting out of chaotic situations like this. Great skilll means your gambling on high spending and sometimes players will end up acting like mercinies.

  • 22 lesh // Apr 3, 2016 at 4:48 PM


    Selling Willo was madness. Charnley saw the opportunity to cash in on him and get him off the payroll when Saylor looked ready to return.

    Absolute madness which again confirms the fixation that Ashley (and his gofor Charnley) hss with the bottom line.

    While not the best CB in the world, he’s steady and if nowt else would’ve provided another defensive option.

  • 23 Essex Geordie Bill // Apr 3, 2016 at 4:53 PM


    If it was possible to watch the cricket without having to pat through the nose to Rupert I might be interested but as it stands, who cares?

  • 24 NoahJ // Apr 3, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    The most staggering ”bad habit’ is insisting on the same formations despite them clearly not working. lone striker doesn’t work. sissoko has done nothing this season- why is he never dropped? why does aarons never play? why, when SDJ comes on and makes us look more balanced, does he never then start the next game?

    I would personally play 4-3-3, with mitro, perez and aarons/townsend up top, with SDJ, shelvey and tiote/saivet commanding the midfield. we don’t have time to not be attacking

  • 25 Essex Geordie Bill // Apr 3, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    Taylor or Williamson, I know who I would prefer?

  • 26 Essex Geordie Bill // Apr 3, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    Pay not Pat through the nose. 🙂

  • 27 Ron Knee // Apr 3, 2016 at 4:57 PM

    Samuels out.

  • 28 SPRINGY // Apr 3, 2016 at 5:00 PM

    aarons has shown very little when he’s been on,granted that has not been much but he has’nt looked interested…as for sissoko gini…they appear to be undroppable….no matter how they play.

  • 29 Ron Knee // Apr 3, 2016 at 5:00 PM

    I was wrong.

  • 30 ROSHAN MAGPIE // Apr 3, 2016 at 5:04 PM

    I don’t think ashley would back benitez even if we survive he will do what he did with keegan

  • 31 ROSHAN MAGPIE // Apr 3, 2016 at 5:04 PM

    under ashley we are doomed

  • 32 mattyNUFC // Apr 3, 2016 at 5:05 PM

    Townsend was infuriating yesterday

    how many times did he choose to cut inside and had nothing to show for it when he could have taken the sensible option and crossed the ball or got to the byline to make something happen.

  • 33 ROSHAN MAGPIE // Apr 3, 2016 at 5:05 PM

    hope ashley will sell the club once we are relegated

  • 34 SPRINGY // Apr 3, 2016 at 5:09 PM

    it looked like that was something he had been told to do, as he seemed very one minded about doing the same thing time after time.

  • 35 mattyNUFC // Apr 3, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    my team for southampton

    perez…… jong…….townsend

    I’m over Gini at this point. perez aint a winger but if he’s there interchanging with other players, he’s a damn better bet on making something happen over Gini who’s completely ghosted this entire season. And townsend needs to be on the left to cross with his left. none of that nonsense like yesterday

  • 36 welshgeordie9 // Apr 3, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    Well i can safely say that we are down if we lose next weekend and Norwich win, 9 points is a lot with just a couple of games to go.

  • 37 mattyNUFC // Apr 3, 2016 at 5:11 PM


    it was a strange one. completely predictable and after the first one the \norwich defenders read it every time

  • 38 Tsunki // Apr 3, 2016 at 5:12 PM

    I think once our fate is mathematically sealed, the Ashley Out! Campaign deserves a resurrection. As Ruddy says this ‘don’t blane me I only own the club’ nonsense by Ashley is no excuse, any more than someone passing by their own injured child without helping is blameless for their fate. He has owned us for a decade and his financial model has been a bad idea implemented pitifully. it’s his remit, and his recent spend was a last throw in his gamble that the stupidity of his advertising vehicle and TV money turnover business could still work despite years of visible decline.

    Now we have a sporting institution stripped clean of it’s heritage, ambition and future for the sake of an asset-managing predators’ greed. The club from the laughable token ‘academy’ up through the ranks is populated with speculative transfer turnover cattle, and shepherded by low-skill under managers with a set of pally department heads who have the sketchiest idea of what worlds they are straddling.

    The club is now a pale shadow of what it’s desperate hard core of fans remember, they are grimly clinging on to support the romantic past of a football club whose identity has long since been scraped away.

    By erosion of our sensibiloty, we have all stood and watched this sad and brutal transformation hoping it really wasn’t the horrible eventuality it actually was.

  • 39 mattyNUFC // Apr 3, 2016 at 5:12 PM

    toonbrother’d have me by the balls for that team, but even before his injury, Mbemba has been atrocious in 2016. a shadow of himself in the first half of the season

  • 40 SPRINGY // Apr 3, 2016 at 5:18 PM

    when ya see sissoko on the left and townsend on the right the idea of cutting inside to support the striker,link up and get some shots away but the striker has to be mobile,strong and have a good touch,cisse is’nt that player…he would be better up front with someone like mitro..but we dont play that way… not convinced any of our players can play this formation if im honest…no one ever looks comfotable…and never have even under pardew.

  • 41 toon kk // Apr 3, 2016 at 5:20 PM

    I’m not really sure what’s happening to our players, so many seems to go back over. Whether it’s a case of team mates not letting them play to there potential or we’re just basically a squad of players who the majority just don’t give a damm.

  • 42 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Apr 3, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    I ain’t subscribe got any of Ruperts channels – mans a dick

    Listening to it on Radio 4

  • 43 SPRINGY // Apr 3, 2016 at 5:30 PM

    there attitude cant be good after getting beat week in week out so confidence will no doubt be an issue but the quality of the players is poor….the inability to pass, cross,control is there to be seen every week….pisses me off, you see sissoko charging down the win,sprinting away get into the last third then either sky the ball in row z,miss control or just make the wrong decision,when you consider the likes of solano and sellers from years back…not quick by any means but good movement and quality passing and crossing and they got in to better positions,created more and scored more…because they had quality..thats whats missing.

  • 44 lesh // Apr 3, 2016 at 5:58 PM


    Good man for not subscribing to Murdoch’s output. The man, like his sons, is a mercenary, predatory, greedy and manipulative right wing Tory-supporting parasite.

    Like his chums in the Tory party, he’s hell-bent on destroying the BBC so he can create a virtual monopoly of the opinion-forming media.

    The more people subscribe to his media organs, the greater the risk to those which speak out against or question what the right wing politicians say or do.

    It’s just a shame that he and his like can’t have their power and influence challenged and overcome. Joe Public’s actually paying him to manipulate and form their opinions. But, the irony is that by championing their right to freedom to read and watch what they choose to, subscribers are themselves being manipulated.

    Ah well, that’s the great thinking public that voted this evil Tory government in – again!

  • 45 lesh // Apr 3, 2016 at 6:00 PM


    Apologues for my anti-Murdoch rant. It ain’t football or NUFC I know but he really annoys me.

  • 46 terencelim // Apr 3, 2016 at 6:07 PM

    Hello any noob here still believes Ashley isn’t the root of cause?

  • 47 hibbitt // Apr 3, 2016 at 6:12 PM


    YES THERE IS ………Jib

  • 48 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Apr 3, 2016 at 6:15 PM

    Well-said – hate the F**kin lying cheating family along with Rebecka knobhead Brookes.
    SLY are destroying sport – want everything on their channels so us punters have to pay a fortune for along with their TORY scummies

  • 49 catchy in norway // Apr 3, 2016 at 6:16 PM

    watched the game yesterday, if there was ever a game where stats tell lies , that was it,
    13 shots each
    6 on target for them 5 for us
    57% possession to us
    372 completed passes to us only 233for them
    5 corners for us 6 for them
    19 tackles won for us 17 for them.

    But even though we look the better team stat wise, it’s a much different story in reality, in the first half we had no cutting edge, Jannmat and Townsend look like strangers, compared to sissoko and Jannmat,

    I have no idea what Taylor and chancel have been doing in training , they looked like strangers, with both of them trying to bomb forward,

    out MF 3 of tiote jonjo gini, wow no impact at all, going forward or defending, not reacting to any second balls.

    I cannot make my mine up on Townsend, he is definitely ten times better than Obertan but goes missing for long spells in games.

    I won’t say anything about Darlo, he should have got the second but I gues he needs some time to settle in,

    what I hope is happening is the squad have been working hard, and there fitness levels will come good soon.

    there 3rd goal was blatant hand ball, but hey ho the ref has to give it first.

    well done LCFC today, keep it going. proper fairy tail stuff

  • 50 toon22 // Apr 3, 2016 at 6:17 PM

    If we get religated its going to be the prime time to try and get rid of MA.
    Whoever owns us after this season they need to pay Raffa whatever it takes to keep him here.
    Imho he needs to be given free reign on all football matters and be allowed to reshape the entire club.
    We are rotten from the top down,an empty shell of a club.

  • 51 Sawbuck // Apr 3, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    Let’s hope relegation is the jolt needed for a big chunk of fans to understand the club died when ashley bought it. They are not supporting nufc but his business goals.

  • 52 catchy in norway // Apr 3, 2016 at 6:22 PM


    to be fair , the BBC is terrible, the amount of money wasted by them is scandalous, the news is just propaganda, just like CNN and all the others.
    none really report the truth.

    the whole thing needs a bug shake up, just like politics, bring them both back to be for the people.

    ps our club is in trouble because nothing was done years ago, to much internal politics, people in jobs that should be no where near a football club.

  • 53 Ron Knee // Apr 3, 2016 at 6:24 PM


    Private Eye don’t call him the Dirty Digger for nothing!

  • 54 hibbitt // Apr 3, 2016 at 6:31 PM

    catchy in norway

    no politics at our club mike ashley is a dictator his way or no way……….hate the man for what he has done to our club and our city

  • 55 Belfast // Apr 3, 2016 at 6:34 PM

    And that was a party political broadcast by the Lesh party.


  • 56 ToonMatt // Apr 3, 2016 at 6:35 PM

    It’s a bit late for people to be talking about wanting Ashley out? Boycotts should have started years ago and he would have gone by now? This once great club is rotten to the core.

  • 57 Bri // Apr 3, 2016 at 6:36 PM

    Hopefully Rafa has realised that Gini, among others, needs to be dropped for the next away game.
    No good starting a player that goes missing for the whole 90 mins.

  • 58 Laurent Robert 32 // Apr 3, 2016 at 6:37 PM

    Rafa said on Radio Newcastle pre-match that he’d been working with the players who had been here and name dropped Mitro and Doumbia who had been away for most of the time for the internationals.

    If he’s been working on tactics with the group of players he had, I understand why he started with Cisse.

    Cisse can be a very capable goal scorer if he’s given quality service so it’s not that outrageous as some are making out. If Mitro had started and hadn’t done so well, people would be questioning why Cisse wasn’t given a shot if he’s been training with the squad for the international break and Mitro had just returned.

    Anything can happen in football, any surprises can occur. It’s not looking good, but we’re not down until Mathematics tell us otherwise. If, or when that time comes so be it. Until then, there’s always a chance.

    Stuart, I like your enthusiasm in a sea of misery around you.

  • 59 Sawbuck // Apr 3, 2016 at 6:44 PM

    The club we knew doesn’t exist anymore. It’s just a memory that doesn’t comport with reality.

  • 60 Sav // Apr 3, 2016 at 9:02 PM

    While we did what we did – or failed to do, as so often this season. it still needs to be said that Mbokani was all over Tiote for the free kick that led to their first goal and there was a massive handball in our box leading to no.3. these are the breaks you get when you are struggling.

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